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Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz 1333MHz FSB Processor Review

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz 1333MHz FSB Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The 3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 CPU is a dual-core chip based on the 45nm 'Wolfdale' core that falls into the upper end of family, supplanted only by the relatively expensive Core 2 Duo E8600.
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External Mfg. Website: Intel May 12 2009   Max Page  
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32-Bit CPU Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis, FEAR

Crysis 1.2 Source: Electronic Arts

Crysis is a science fiction first-person shooter developed by Crytek. Crysis uses Microsoft's new API, DirectX 10 for graphics rendering, and includes the new engine—the CryEngine 2—that is the successor to Far Cry's CryEngine. CryEngine 2 is among the first engines to use the DirectX 10 framework of Windows Vista, but can also run using DirectX 9, both on Vista and Windows XP.

Higher results are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCrysis v1.2.1 No AA
800x600 LQ Physics Very High (FPS) FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 117.47
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 114.905
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 104.09
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 101.98
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 83.65
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 87.41
1024x768 LQ Physics Very High (FPS) FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 117.01
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 114.72
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 103.75
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 101.72
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 83.77
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 87.71
800x600 LQ (FPS) FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 115.95
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 115.355
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 104.09
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 101.14
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 84.09
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 87.01
1024x768 LQ (FPS) FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 117.06
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 115.52
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 104.59
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 101.19
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 84.13
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 87.47

Gaming is still the province of dual-core processors, and the Core 2 Duo E8500 is a fine choice for even demanding games like Crysis. The Core i7 920 maintains a tiny lead across the board, but it's not really enough to justify its higher price.

Sierra FEAR 1.08

Source: Sierra

FEAR is Sierra's latest first person shooter which relies heavily on DirectX 9 features. With its "Soft Shadows" feature enabled, even the fastest videocards run at a crawl, FEAR is definitely the new benchmark for future FPS games to follow.

Higher results are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSierra FEAR 1.08 No AA
640x480 LQ FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 701
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 757
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 713
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 711
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 632
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 642
800x600 LQ FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 692
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 752
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 689
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 703
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 590
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 597
1024x768 LQ FPS Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 673
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 722
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 572
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 667
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 483
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 491

FEAR does even better with the Core 2 Duo E8500, which takes the lead in every benchmark.

That's a lot of benchmarks to consider for a very simple question - is the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 processor good? PCSTATS has the plain answer next...

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Contents of Article: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
 Pg 1.  Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz 1333MHz FSB Processor Review
 Pg 2.  CPU Power Consumption Tests
 Pg 3.  Overclocking the Core 2 Duo E8500
 Pg 4.  32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: SYSMark 2007, PCMark Vantage
 Pg 5.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra Processor / Memory
 Pg 6.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi, wPrime2.0, ScienceMark2, WinRAR
 Pg 7.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5, POV-Ray 3.7, SPECviewPerf 10
 Pg 8.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 06
 Pg 9.  — 32-Bit CPU Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis, FEAR
 Pg 10.  Conclusions - E8500 CPU Worth the Trade Up?

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